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Specialty & Technique Guitar Classes

Go beyond the basics and learn the nuts and bolts of music.

If you can already play guitar, now it's time to get into the groove. With the guidance of our expert teaching artists, expand your skills and repertoire to open the wide world of guitar beyond the basics.

For intermediate players and beyond, open to students who have completed the Guitar 2 level and above. (If you're not sure where your skills fit in, visit our placement quiz.)

We suggest all guitar students consider starting with Guitar Fingerboard Theory, if you want to work on lead guitar or eventually write your own songs. It's a great primer into a wider world of musicianship.

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles:

WorkshopIntermediate

Monday with Michael Miles

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($23 members)

Location: Online

Walking Bass Groove Lab

Intermediate

Monday with Harlan Terson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

British Rock Songbook

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Fingerpicking for Beginners

Beginner

Thursday with Alvin McGovern

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Introduction To Flamenco Guitar

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Guitar Fingerboard Theory

Intermediate

Thursday or Saturday with Randy Morris or ERIC SINGH

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

This class is highly recommended for all guitar students. Make it a point to enroll at some point in your musical journey.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Guitar 4Ever with Holstein

Advanced

Saturday with Ed Holstein

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

The one and only legendary folk icon, Ed Holstein holds court for acoustic guitarists.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Guitar and Vocal Studio

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

RPA Ensemble

Advanced

Thursday with Steve Dawson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Heroes of Flatpicking

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

Intermediate

Monday with Steve Hutchins

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Learn lead and comping techniques of the major players of the Chicago blues style.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Blues Fingerstyle 1

Beginner

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

You'll get a taste of the Blues with Blind Boy Fuller, Tommy Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, and others.

Location: Online

Blues Fingerstyle 2

Intermediate

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Take the fingerpicking, rhythms and regional styles of the country Blues you've learned in level 1, and concentrate on open tunings and bottleneck slide in level 2.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Blues Fingerstyle 3: Decades of Acoustic Blues

Advanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Lead Guitar Soloing Basics

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1 Repertoire

Intermediate

Thursday with Donna Herula

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Take your slide playing to the next level!

Location: Online

Beatles Fingerstyle

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $124 ($114 members)

Beatles Fingerstyle Guitar

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $124 ($114 members)

Classical Guitar Basic Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday with Jacob Sweet

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

This class is a hybrid offering - students may attend either in person or by Zoom.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Fingerpicking Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday with Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Your fingers can be trained to be an orchestra - a band in the hand.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Fingerstyle Repertoire

Intermediate

Thursday with Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Develop a songbag of solo accompaniments and instrumentals in a variety of styles.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

The 3 Kings

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Pop Guitar Techniques & Arrangement

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Introduction to Jazz Guitar

Intermediate

Sunday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

No matter what genre of music you play, this class will take your playing to a whole other level.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Jazz Guitar 1

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Jazz Guitar 1.5

Intermediate

Monday or Saturday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Jazz guitar mastery is a lifelong journey and we invite you to repeat level as much as necessary before moving on to Jazz Guitar 2.

Location: Online or Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Jazz Guitar 2

Intermediate

Wednesday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Build your repertoire from session to session.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Jazz Guitar 4ever

Advanced

Wednesday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

An ongoing class in the advanced study of Jazz for the guitarist.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Flatpicking 1 - Rhythm

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Flatpicking 2 - Technique

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Let's get melodic

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Acoustic Blues Guitar 1

Beginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Acoustic Blues Guitar 2

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Acoustic Blues Guitar Repertoire

Intermediate

Saturday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Continue working on the music of great traditional blues artists.

Location: Online

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Continuing Slide & Fingerstyle

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Electric Slide Guitar

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Guitar Fingerboard Theory 2

Advanced

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

From Chords to Riffs

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Acoustic Pop Punk

Beginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Advancing Guitar—Chords to Riffs

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Advancing Guitar: Everything About Chords

Intermediate

Tuesday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Campfire Songbook

Open to All

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Creative Scale Practice 1

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Dan's Rhythm Method

WorkshopIntermediate

Saturday with Dan Fulkerson

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Let's count to four all together, and get this thing right!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Electric Blues Guitar: Texas Style

Intermediate

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $0 ($0 members)

Fingerpicking Classic Chicago Blues

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Fingerpicking Guitar - Beyond Basic Picking Patterns

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Four Fundamental Fingerpicking Patterns

Beginner

Monday with Randy Morris

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $188 ($168 members)

Expand your accompaniment abilities beyond strumming.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Guided By Voices - Unplugged

Beginner

50 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $178 ($158 members)

Guitar and Vocal Studio: The Soul Singer

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Instrumental Freddie King: Hideaway and All The Rest!

Intermediate

Saturday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Online

Intro to Walking Bass Workshop

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Harlan Terson

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($23 members)

Location: Online

Irish Accompanist Guitar Styles

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

BB King: The King of the Blues

Intermediate

Monday with Steve Hutchins

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

BB, Freddy and Albert

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Argh! Barre Chords!

WorkshopIntermediate

Tuesday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($28 members)

Your fingers and favorite songs will thank you!

Location: Online

Out Unplugged: Music by LGBTQ+ Artists

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Playing by Ear for Guitarists

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Punk Rock and Emo for Electric Guitar

Beginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Return To Guitar

Open to All

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Rhythm Guitar

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Sarah Jarosz Songbag

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Andrea Bunch

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Online

Scales With Colors

WorkshopIntermediate

Saturday with Dan Fulkerson

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Discover a new way to learn, practice, and use scales in your guitar playing!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Songs and theory in Open E Tuning

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Strumming Rhythms

Intermediate

Wednesday with Barbara Silverman

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Online

Rock en Español for Electric Guitar / La Guitarra Eléctrica en el Rock en Español

Beginner

50 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $178 ($158 members)

They Might Be Giants Songbag

Intermediate

There are no classes scheduled right now. Please check back.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Understanding the Major Pentatonic Scale

WorkshopIntermediate

Saturday with Dan Fulkerson

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Five notes with endless possibilities

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Understanding the Minor Pentatonic Scale

WorkshopIntermediate

Saturday with Dan Fulkerson

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

like it's older younger brother only five notes with endless expression

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Wilco Acoustic Songbook

Intermediate

Saturday with Tommi Zender

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Online

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$336 for 30 minutes ($326 for members)

$480 for 45 minutes ($465 for members)

$616 for 60 minutes ($596 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 01/02/2023 – 02/26/2023

Monday 11/14/22: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 11/28/22: Transfer registration

Wednesday 11/30/22: Open registration

8-week lessons: 02/27/2023 – 04/23/2023

Monday 01/23/23: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 02/06/23: Transfer registration

Wednesday 02/08/23: Open registration

8-week lessons: 04/24/2023 – 06/18/2023

Monday 03/20/23: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 04/03/23: Transfer registration

Wednesday 04/05/23: Open registration

8-week lessons: 06/19/2023 – 08/13/2023

Monday 05/15/23: Re-registration for current students begins

Tuesday 05/30/23: Transfer registration

Wednesday 05/31/23: Open registration

8-week lessons: 08/28/2023 – 10/22/2023

Monday 07/10/23: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 07/24/23: Transfer registration

Wednesday 07/26/23: Open registration

8-week lessons: 10/23/2023 – 12/17/2023

Monday 09/18/23: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/02/23: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/04/23: Open registration


Teachers

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